How to record guitar sound?
Everyone who walks into my studio ask me this question.
Guitarist: How to record guitar sound and how do I get that great BIG ROCK sound of my electric guitar sound of my cabinet tone?
Digi Sound Studio: My goto answer is MIC the Guitar to your cabinet!
Guitarist: What mic is the Best?
Digi Sound Studio: Any Mic will do its Job!
Digi Sound Studio: YES, Trust me, You can get that BIG Rock Sound using any mic , it can be a dynamic or a condenser mic or both. There is no special mic manufactured for specific need. The Big Secret is your Mic Techniques and how you place it! And with some small adjustment in your DAW , you can create THAT awesome sound of your guitar!
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Mixing on headphones
I know this sounds a bit odd, but many home studio budding engineers cannot afford a pair of monitors or do not have space in their room. So the common questions they ask me is
- Can I mix with my ordinary headphones?
Answer: The first thing i would like to tell is mixing too long in the headphones will cause ear fatigue and the ear drums become aged soon. So your after years, your ears will not be able to judge certain frequencies which you were doing earlier. So i really don’t recommend using the headphones for long time.
- Do I need a costly pair of headphones?
Answer: No, you just need to get your ears tuned or practice various versions of mixes then you arrive at a point were you understand YOUR headphones better.
- Which is the best headphones for mixing?
Answer: Well, it depends on your budget, some of the best one i like is the beyerdynamic DT770 etc.
If you can’t then there are other solutions like sonarworks.com which gives an alternate solution for your headphone calibration for mixing.
Mixing a Song
Well, many think that mixing in the box (ITB) is not good as out of the box (OTB). The question is whether the quality is good in the ITB? or should I use hardware gears to do my Mixing – OTB?
Well, it all depends on your taste and there are no fixed rules in audio. It totally depends on your budget and your own setup to prepare your mix a song in ITB or OTB. But what i want to tell is, finally when you deliver the mix by ITB method or OTB, your client is only going to hear the quality of your mix and look for clean output with clarity and punch. Nobody is bothered which plugin you used or which console etc.,
But i am not to blame any company or hardware, what you must learn is each Hardware gear has its own character or the tone value which it goes through its electronic components. Like wise, each plugin company or the stock plug-ins has its own way of algorithm and behavior to process your incoming signal into your DAW.
We should know how to use them effectively and process them in our Mix.
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Many people have this question of using a Hardware compressor or a software compressor in their recording chain.
Well, it all depends on how you want to record in your DAW. Remember, mostly your MicPre signal is recorded dry in your Signal path straight into your DAW without any processing. What we all do in the insert are all POST work not PRE. So if you want your compressor to act during the recording stage, you will need a Hardware Compressor in your chain like your old school console style of tracking (Recording).
But be sure of the correct settings in your compressor before you hit the RECORD button! Later, this take cannot be UN-DONE!
One Simple TIP which i do during Recording:
- Record MIC 1 directly using your PREAMP straight into your DAW
- Recording MIC 2 using the Hardware COMPRESSOR and then to your DAW
By doing this, you will have 2 audio Tracks, so that you can blend or decide which you want in your Project.
Good Headphones for Recording
Many of my friends ask me a common question when they walk into my studio. “Which one is a good Headphones for Recording?”
My goto answer is Sennheiser HD280 Pro for recording in the Studio. Not because I am using! Its because this type of headphones are called CLOSED PACK Headphones for session recordings. It holds your ears very tightly and cancels your external noise entering your headphones and also mainly prevents headphones leakage into your mic. So this is very popularly used in many studios.
Also I recommend replacing the Headphones EAR PADS as they get dirty and worn out of heavy usage, check these photos which shows damaged ear pads and replaced with new ones which can be done ourselves.
Voice over Recording
Recording a Voice over for video, short film. E-book or a documentary is challenge for a sound engineer. Rather than focusing on Mic Pre’s and which plugins to use for the Voice chain, It is more important to concentrate creating a comfortable ambience for the voice over artistes. Here are some simple points follow to record a good voice over.
- Have enough well lit light for the artiste
- Place the mic steady so that it does not cover the Script
- You can use a condenser mic or even a Dynamic mic for Voice over
- Keep a bottle of water for the artiste and make them comfortable
Following these simple tasks we can achieve great results in our recording voice for any purpose. Here are some of my goto plugins for an voice over.
- Avid’s EQ7 stock plugin – to filter out the LF from the room
- Avid’s Dyn3 Compressor – to maintain at a constant level
- Avid’s Desser – to remove the HF “Esses” from the words if its really hitting your ears!
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VOCAL MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE
Many people ask me this common question. Which is the best mic for Vocal Recording? This is one of the tough question to answer them!
I always tell them the same thing which i teach here for my students. Whether you use a normal Dynamic mic or a Condenser mic with a basic audio interface, its fully dependent on the ROOM you record. That’s the BIG SECRET. Any condenser mic can receive from 20Hz to 20 KHz right… So it means it can capture almost everything we hear in the place were its placed! so many starters, bedroom studio owners etc., tell that they receive external noise, its too boomy, its picking my traffic sound, birds sounds etc…
YES, this is true! How can this be solved? How to get a broadcast sound studio quality sound even with your Shure SM58? Do I require a high end mic pre like Neve, API or SSL?
All can be done by just using a Dynamic mic or a basic condenser mic and just buy using your basic audio interface.
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There is still a lot of us get confused whether Hardware is better sounding or Software plugins is better. Well, to my experience, both have their own pros and cons. To put it simple, investing for an hardware Compressor, EQ or Mic-Pre is costly when compared to a plugin. But hardware has its beauty of adding its own color or tone value to our modern digital recording converters.
Those old school recording studios still use analogue EQ’s, Compressor’s, reverb etc., and they all add great sounding tone to the final mix even though they are mixed finally in the DAW like Avid Protools.
Whereas investing for a Plugins are always cheaper and portable and does not include any physical wiring! They simulate the tone from the original model of the hardware processing unit and adds rich tone to your mix in your DAW. However, still many people feel that you tweak the knobs only using your mouse or controller etc and don’t get the feel of touching the real hardware box.
- Hardware has its own color and tone
- Software plugins is portable and updates are easier
- Hardware outboard gear requires wiring
- Software plugins can be inserted in many channels depending on the DAW capacity
- Mixing on both hardware and software is way called Hybrid mixing in today’s modern world, you get the best of both side.
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